French Guineas G1 status under scrutiny as black type changes announced

Filed on 5 Mar 2013 @ 12:11

Eight races upgraded by European Pattern Committee

The European Pattern Committee has announced changes to Black Type (Group and Listed) races in Europe in 2013 that sees eight races upgraded, headed by the granting of Group One status to the BCS Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot on 19th October which increases the number of Group One races on British Champions Day to three.

The Committee downgraded the ratings of six races for 2013 including the Europa Meile at Munich and the Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh, both which drop from Group Two to Group Three. Two Listed races at Deauville and Pisa drop out of the Black Type programme altogether.

The committee also identified 15 races, including four Group One races, that are at risk of downgrading in 2014 if their ratings do not achieve the required parameter in 2013. This list includes the Poule d'Essai des Poulains at Longchamp.

Upgraded from Group Two to Group One

BCS Fillies & Mares Ascot 3yo+f 12 furlongs 19th October

Upgraded from Group Three to Group Two

Kilboy Estate Curragh 3yo+ f 9 furlongs 21st July

Upgraded from Listed to Group Three

Abernant Newmarket 3yo+ 6 furlongs 18th April
Superior Mile Haydock Park 3yo+ 8 furlongs 7th September
Prix de Reux Deauville 3yo+ 2,500m 4th August
Golden Fleece* Leopardstown 2yo 8 furlongs 7th September
Premio del Giubileo Milan 3yo+ 1,800m 30th June
Zawawi Cup Jaegersro 3yo+ 1,200m 11th August

Downgraded from Group Two to Group Three

Europa Meile Munich 3yo+ 1,600m 15th September
Royal Whip Curragh 3yo+ 10 furlongs 11th August

Downgraded from Group Three to Listed

Derby Trial Lingfield Park 3yo c&g 11½ furlongs 11th May
2000 Guineas Trial Leopardstown 3yo c&g 8 furlongs 14th April

Downgraded from Listed to out of the Black Type programme

Grand Handicap de Deauville Deauville 3yo+ 1,600m 11th August
Premio Andred Pisa 3yo+ f 2,200m 24th March

* This race is titled the ICON Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf Trial (registered as the Golden Fleece)

Races at Risk of Downgrading in 2014

Automatic, on notice if improvement not obtained

Gran Criterium Milan 2yo c&f 1,600m Group 1
Derby Trial Leopardstown 3yo 10 furlongs Group 2
Dee Chester 3yo c&g 10 furlongs Group 3
Gallinule Curragh 3yo 10 furlongs Group 3
Queens Vase Ascot 3yo 16 furlongs Group 3
Enrico Camici Pisa 4yo+ 1,200m Listed
Criterium Labronico Livorno 2yo 1,500m Listed
Criterium Aretuso Siracusa 2yo f 1,200m Listed
Criterium del Mediterraneo Siracusa 2yo 1,600m Listed
Montenica Deauville (AWT) 3yo c&g 1,300m Listed

Under scrutiny

Criterium de Saint-Cloud Saint-Cloud 2yo c&f 2,000m Group 1
Grosser Preis von Bayern Munich 3yo+ 2,400m Group 1
Poule d'Essai des Poulains Longchamp 3yo c 1,600m Group 1
Goldene Peitsche Baden-Baden 3yo+ 1,200m Group 2
Noailles Longchamp 3yo c&f 2,000m Group 2

Filed on 5 Mar 2013 @ 12:11